FIR Podcast #100: Locked and Loaded

For Immediate Release

Cross-posted from the FIR Podcast Network

In the August installment of The Hobson & Holtz Report, Neville and Shel talked about these topics:

  • The Society for New Communication Research has launched an initiative to assess options for the communications industry to address fake news.
  • An Artificial Intelligence bot can detect plagiarism (85% of the time).
  • Supporters of US President Donald Trump are amplifying their tweets through a little-known Twitter feature that lets you create and name a Direct Message group.
  • And let’s talk about that twice-daily folder the president gets filled with only positive coverage about him.
  • Agencies… Read More »

Friday Wrap #226:  Twitter “rooms,” a BBC font, a Google Snapchat clone, a podcast ruling, and more

Friday Wrap #226I extract items for the Wrap from my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow. To make sure you never miss an issue, subscribe to my weekly email briefing.

The Big Stories

Instagram tests letting friends join your live video—You may not have to livestream by yourself on Instagram much longer. The company is testing a feature that will let you invite friends to join your Instagram Live broadcast. When someone accepts your invitation, the screen will split in two to display both participants. Viewers will still be able to like and comment. When the session ends, you can share it as an Instagram Story or dump it. The feature will roll… Read More »

A New Model for Employee Communication, Part 8: An Introduction to Culture

A New Model for Employee Communication, Part 8: Culture

This is the latest installment in a series of posts exploring a new model of employee communication, one designed to deliver measurable results that demonstrate the impact on the organization in ways that matter to leaders. In this post, we begin a review of the four areas where employee communication strategies should focus their efforts, the four circles at the center of the model, starting with culture.

Revised Employee Communication Model


The series:
Part 1: Introduction
Part 2: Overview
Part 3: Alignment
Part 4: Listening
Part 5: Consultation
Part 6: Branding
Part 7: Channels

The four overlapping circles at the center of the model represent the… Read More »

FIR Podcast #99: Let’s Invite the Regulators In

For Immediate Release

Cross-posted from the FIR Podcast Network

Sherrilynne Starkie and Christopher Barger joined host Shel Holtz for conversations about these topics:

  • A federal district judge has ruled that a Loudon County, Virginia public official cannot block social media users from accessing the posts on her Facebook Page, which she set up to share information from her government role and to solicit feedback. li
  • In Canada, one passenger ultimately called 911 after spending six hours on the tarmac with no air conditioning during one of the hottest days of the year. Do these publicized passenger service crises have any real consequences for the… Read More »

Friday Wrap #225: Instagram fixation, sponsored GIFs, Microsoft’s AI vision, fallout from bad press

Friday Wrap #225I extract items for the Wrap from my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow. To make sure you never miss an issue, subscribe to my weekly email briefing.

The Big Stories

Young Instagrammers spend 32 minutes daily on the app—Most people younger than 25 spend 32 minutes on Instagram every day. As for the rest of us, everyone over 25, we spend a mere 24 minutes a day using Instagram. Most of that growth is due to Stories, the feature Instagram cribbed from Snapchat (and is now a feature on Messenger and Facebook, as well), according to Facebook. Stories, which launched a year ago, has 250 million daily users. This data no doubt is… Read More »

A New Model for Employee Communication, Part 7: Channels

A New Model for Employee Communication: Channels

This is the latest installment in a series of posts exploring a new model of employee communication, one designed to deliver measurable results that demonstrate the impact on the organization in ways that matter to leaders. In this post, we continue examining the final segment of the outer ring of the model with a look at channels.

Revised Employee Communication Model


The series:
Part 1: Introduction
Part 2: Overview
Part 3: Alignment
Part 4: Listening
Part 5: Consultation
Part 6: Branding

The outer ring of the model represents the work that employee communicators engage in every day; they are infused in all communications. The channels segment is… Read More »

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